Transportation Options: Carsharing

Seattle has a lot of options to get around including walking, biking, transit, driving and carsharing.

Carsharing provides on-site, on-demand access to a vehicle. Carshare systems are designed for round-trip and one-way use depending on the service provider and location, with users paying an annual membership fee and a fee for the hours rented or distance traveled.

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Seattle-based ReachNow launched in April and recently added 180 cars to its Seattle fleet. ReachNow also recently announced it’s lowering the age requirement for drivers from 21 to 18.14525013057_970803ac75_k

Seattle is Car2Go’s largest U.S. market, and the service has 750 cars in the city. Car2Go launched in Seattle in 2012.

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Zipcar is now offering 100 cars in their 500 car fleet that can be used for one-way trips.

All told, there are a lot of new options and services available to commuters to complete the “first and last mile” of a transit commute – the beginning or end of an individual trip made primarily by public transportation.

As carshare services become more available, they’ll increasingly complement transit service as a “first-mile/last-mile” solution and continue to give commuters new options for mobility.

For more transportation options to get around town, go here.